So You Got a DWI (Part 3)

On Behalf of Thooft Law LLC

In this last of our DWI series, we discuss the events immediately following a DWI arrest and answer some of the most common questions we get from clients.

After an arrest, everyone is entitled to see a judge within 36 hours in the state of Minnesota (not including the weekends). Once in front of a judge, the person will usually receive a couple options: post bail with no conditions or be released with condition.

Posting bail with no conditions means you are not subject to alcohol monitoring while you are awaiting your court appearance. Being released with condition means that you have agreed to some kind of alcohol monitoring test until your case is resolved with the court. This could mean submitting to a breathalyzer test at certain times every day until your court appearance. Using this device usually requires a down payment and weekly or bi-weekly payments.


Q:  When will I get my driver’s license back?

A: Your unconditional use driver’s license (a normal license) may be suspended or revoked for up to a year, depending on the level of your blood alcohol and your history of DWIs.

Q: What can I do to help my case?

A: You can start the recovery/sobriety process. This means finding support groups that work for you, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), starting in or out-patient rehabilitation treatment, start therapy sessions, etc. At Thooft Law we give you all the options but also recommend programs that would be best for you and your situation.

Q:  My license is suspended/revoked – How will I get to work?

A:  You can get a limited or restricted driver’s license. To regain driving privileges, you must:

  1. Take a driver’s license exam and pay the fee;

  2. Pay a DWI reinstatement fee (usually around $680);

  3. Purchase special insurance for DWI drivers;

  4. Pay for installation of an ignition interlock device – this usually comes with a monthly usage fee.

Q: What will an attorney do for me?’

A: A good attorney ensures that you are not fighting an uphill battle alone. A good attorney is an ally that will guide you through the process, apply your good deeds to the court in a positive light, negotiate a good deal with the prosecutor, help you avoid jail time, and reduce the charges. A good attorney’s goal will be to return your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Thooft Law

Derek Thooft has a proven track-record of zealously fighting for clients charged with a DWI. For more information and a free consultation, contact Derek at or by phone.